Goal 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities

Kinza Arshad


... create safe, collaborative and cross-cultural learning opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students at a university level?

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University campuses in Canada have an opportunity to be leaders in reconciliation and indigenization. There are challenges in introducing Indigenous knowledge in a way that is safe, immersive and integrative for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. Universities can look at creating opportunities that bring people together rather than put individuals in a position of discomfort or defence.

Academic introductory courses are not enough as, due to administrative decisions or lack of awareness, there are not enough scheduled Indigenous Studies classes. Rather, lessons can be taught outside of the classroom using both innovative and familiar ways of teaching and learning. These opportunities can break down barriers and allow students to build familiarity, empathy and cross-cultural understanding, paving the way to discussing more sensitive and difficult topics.